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First Line: There should be two words, dearest, one made up
Last Line: The other meaning we're alone -- apart.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


There should be two words, dearest, one made up
Of all glad sounds that ever breathed on earth;
Of all the ecstasies that fill joy's cup,
Of love, and peace, and happiness, and mirth.

The other, like a weary, wailing sigh,
Full of sad tones in longing, hungry strain,
Hopeless, despairing, just a baffled cry
Of love and loneliness and blank, numb pain.

One I would love -- the other I would fear,
These two words, chosen with consummate art;
One meaning we're alone together, dear,
The other meaning we're alone -- apart.





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